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Designing a great customer journey can help even the smallest digital offering
Designing a great customer journey can help even the smallest digital offering

From the moment they click onto an e-commerce site, customers develop a lasting impression of your brand...

By Brendon Williamson 18 May 2018

Data-driven processes to drive e-commerce campaign success
Data-driven processes to drive e-commerce campaign success

Every year, online retailers market their Mother's Day promotions, but many continue to do so with what appears to be little regard for what their customers want or need...

By Wynand Smit 11 May 2018

Empathy - a two-way street in customer service
Empathy - a two-way street in customer service

It's no secret that personalisation is essential in developing a successful customer experience. Central to that is getting to know all you can about your customer and using that information to drive the interaction...

By Wynand Smit 18 Apr 2018

Nicholas Haralambous
#ECMA18: It's not an apocalypse, it's a retail revolution

As store closures continue across the globe, we're witnessing the demise of physical retail as we know it...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 26 Mar 2018

#ECMA18: Cracking e-commerce conversion
#ECMA18: Cracking e-commerce conversion

The proliferation of e-commerce essentially means that retailers are now more than ever competing in a global marketplace...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 16 Mar 2018

#SeamlessAfrica: Store 4.0 is an attitude, not a technology
#SeamlessAfrica: Store 4.0 is an attitude, not a technology

E-commerce may be where the retail industry is seeing growth, but the physical store is not dead. In fact, it may be more important than ever...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 12 Mar 2018

#SeamlessAfrica: An Afrocentric approach to store design
#SeamlessAfrica: An Afrocentric approach to store design

In the search to become 'more than a store', retailers in Africa need to put their customer at the heart of the operation, says Frans van der Colff...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 9 Mar 2018

#SeamlessAfrica: Five lessons in customer service from Action Gear
#SeamlessAfrica: Five lessons in customer service from Action Gear

According to online retailer Action Gear, their passion for outdoor technical products is second only to their love for stellar customer service...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 7 Mar 2018

#Newsmaker: Esther Hoogstad steers Spree's customer journey
#Newsmaker: Esther Hoogstad steers Spree's customer journey

Newly appointed as head of customer interaction and marketing at Spree, Esther Hoogstad will be taking charge of the online retailer's end to end customer experience...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 20 Feb 2018

Digital dynamism: A new world of retail opportunities
Digital dynamism: A new world of retail opportunities

Like their international counterparts, South African retailers would traditionally run specials where discounts or 'two for the price of one' offers are given for a period of between a few days and a few weeks...

By Garth Meier 8 Feb 2018

The modern marketer is a connected one
The modern marketer is a connected one

In the 1970s, people were served about 300 ads a day. Today it's about 5,000 ads a day. It's a product-polluted world with smart consumers, where it's no longer about differentiation, but about multiple and meaningful connections, says Carmen Murray, founder of Boo-Yah!...

By Jessica Tennant 2 Feb 2018

#BizTrends2018: The new rules of retail
#BizTrends2018: The new rules of retail

If you're searching for proof that retail as we know it is changing, look no further than Shanghai's 24-hour, unstaffed, self-driving grocery store...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 29 Jan 2018

What's holding SA retailers back from achieving the omnichannel vision?
What's holding SA retailers back from achieving the omnichannel vision?

Many South African retailers remain steadfast in their traditional business models, characterised by high-touch, 'bricks-and-mortar' engagements, as they try to create the best possible in-store experiences...

By Lindy Lee 24 Jan 2018

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Has the digital era changed the luxury game for good?

The digital age poses challenges for all brands in every sector, and yet for the luxury market, the conundrum is a particularly tricky one...

By Megan Bowman 19 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: The king's demand dictates
#BizTrends2018: The king's demand dictates

Throughput is imperative in business. The challenge is to mitigate barriers negatively impacting throughput...

By Harry van Huyssteen 11 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Tight budgets, customer demand and African pride driving retail competitiveness
#BizTrends2018: Tight budgets, customer demand and African pride driving retail competitiveness

Budgets are tight, with rising electricity and petrol prices driving many households to tighten their purse strings. In response, the retail industry is becoming increasingly competitive...

By Lindy Lee 11 Jan 2018

New era of retail an opportunity for enhanced customer experience
New era of retail an opportunity for enhanced customer experience

In the mid to late 90s the number of internet businesses grew exponentially. Since consumers were getting connected in their millions, this space was ideal for entrepreneurs to create hype around projected profitability...

By Wynand Smit 11 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Winning brands will get their competitive edge from memorable customer experiences
#BizTrends2018: Winning brands will get their competitive edge from memorable customer experiences

Consumers around the world are putting more value on experiences than they do on possessions, and South Africans are no different...

By Rachel Thompson 10 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Creating value remains key in the premium spirits brand experience
#BizTrends2018: Creating value remains key in the premium spirits brand experience

In challenging economic times, consumers either choose less expensive brands that allow them to buy more, or opt to buy less and trade up to indulge their tastes for aspirational brands...

By Elizabeth Lee Ming 10 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: How do we amplify emotional connections through consumer ecosystems?
#BizTrends2018: How do we amplify emotional connections through consumer ecosystems?

Our physical and virtual environments are merging at a rapid pace, making us more digitally connected than ever before. Consumers want what they want and they want it now...

By Molefi Moloantoa 9 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: The call for authentic, experiential retail design
#BizTrends2018: The call for authentic, experiential retail design

In today's dynamic business environment, we should be seeking to understand the trends impacting a broader range of industries, regardless of the business sector we're in...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Mobile means more e-commerce opportunity than ever before
#BizTrends2018: Mobile means more e-commerce opportunity than ever before

The proliferation of mobile phone networks in Asia-Pacific and Africa has transformed how people connect, communicate and shop...

By Mark Mahoney 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Top mobile trends for the 2018 consumer
#BizTrends2018: Top mobile trends for the 2018 consumer

Before we can start talking about any trends, marketers need to be aware of the fact that mobile starts with an understanding of how fiercely personal this device is, it has become more of an appendage than a device...

By Lynette Hundermark 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Six trends shaping the shopping mall experience
#BizTrends2018: Six trends shaping the shopping mall experience

Adapting and remaining relevant amid changing trends is nothing new for shopping malls. After all, retail itself is constantly and rapidly evolving, led by changing generational consumer behaviour and expectations...

By Camilla Lor 8 Jan 2018

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Shopping with tweens

Maria Berrios-Carter writes about what she thinks is a golden marketing opportunity that businesses can implement to target parents shopping with tweens...

By Maria Berrios-Carter 22 Dec 2017

Boris Dzhingarov
Don't overlook these two small blips in your business

As a business owner, you want your processes and systems to run smoothly. If you experience the following blips in your business, finding the source will restore integrity and trust with your customers and your team...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 27 Nov 2017

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Ask Afrika Orange Index: Feeling customer service

Marketers need to understand the dynamics of emotions in marketing and how they relate to other factors such as attitudes, persuasion and brand loyalty...

By Danette Breitenbach 13 Nov 2017

#NewCampaign: It starts with...
#NewCampaign: It starts with...

Woolworths recently launched a digitally-led and multi-channel marketing campaign called the 'Starts With' challenge - a seven-week balanced living challenge facilitated through a Facebook event inviting participants to take part...

By Jessica Tennant 7 Nov 2017

#Trending: The rise of consumer resilience
#Trending: The rise of consumer resilience

How are people coping in this new connected world? A global study from Viacom looks at The Next Normal: Rise of Resilience among consumers, including from Nigeria and South Africa, and how brands should respond...

By Louise Marsland 7 Nov 2017

Could the humble phone call be the future of digital CX?
Could the humble phone call be the future of digital CX?

We live in a text-first society. If one of your customers has a problem, your website is generally the first place they'll go. A customer resorting to a voice call should be a warning that their patience is really running thin...

By Rob Lith 31 Oct 2017

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